Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 440 - Wed. February 8th, 2017
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: 1st Tee Jitters
Tour Greens: Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
Tom's Bonus Tip: Drive For Show or Drive For Dough?
Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: 1st Tee Jitters

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Many players - including myself - get the jitters on the first tee, especially if I haven't had time to hit the range before my round.

Here are some things you can also do to help you hit a good 1st Tee drive. (For what it's worth, I do all of them religiously off the 1st tee.)

  • Always do some warmup exercises or stretches before you tee off. I use a thoracic spine stretch routine holding a couple of clubs that takes about three minutes, and it stretches the frontal plane, the sagittal plane, and the transverse plane.

    I learned about this stretch after I had a back problem two seasons ago, and knock on wood my back has been fine ever since I've been doing it. Here's a YouTube video of the stretch:
    Thoracic Spine Stretch

  • Away from the tee, take ten non-stop very fast swings with your driver held upside down; grip it near the head and swing the handle. It will feel very light and should make a pretty good "swoosh" sound. Then swing your driver normally for five fast, smooth swings.

  • After you have teed up your ball, grip your driver upside down again and take five very fast swings about two inches above the ball.

  • Then step away, relax, step back in and hit a good drive.

  • It's also worth noting that if you normally slice your first tee shot, tee it up a little higher than normal, and if you normally hook your first tee shot tee it up lower than normal. If you are trying to produce curvature, it's easier to hit a draw or hook if the ball is teed up high, and it's easier to hit a fade or slice when it's teed up low.
Try this, you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Drive For Show or Drive For Dough?

There's been a saying that's been around golf forever - "Drive For Show - Putt For Dough", but I think that saying has run its course.

In fact, I'd even go so far as to say the saying should be changed to "Drive For Dough - Putt For Show". Maybe that's a bit extreme because if you can't putt you can't score at all, but you get the gist.

I say that because there is a direct correlation between the longest hitters on the PGA Tour and the top money winner list.

The takeaway is this: it's in your best interest to learn how to hit your driver to the best of your ability. You can do it through research, watching videos, or taking instruction. Maybe even through an equipment change.

Figure out the best path for you, then just do it.

Enjoy, Tom


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Golf Lessons

I conduct lessons at The Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
me - Tom Tucker - at (716) 474 3005 or email me at
for more information.

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Plum Creek Driving Range and Simulator  Outdoor range and play indoor golf on any of our 40 Simulator Courses. Call 585-993-0930 or email Mark at to reserve time for simulator play or practice!

Batavia Country Club   (585) 343-7600
Great rates, the best greens in WNY. Golf Digest Four Star rating for public courses to play in New York State. Tee times online or by phone in season.

Maximum discount membership offers have expired. Partial discounts are still available until February 10th, 2017 after which time standard non-discounted rates will apply. No exceptions.

BCC Members, as well as handicap only members, must contact BCC with their intentions on continuance of their status by April 1st to keep their handicap registration active.

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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan